RUSTENBURG - Slovakia and New Zealand fans abandoned their hockey pucks and oval rugby balls on Tuesday as they pushed their more traditional sporting loves aside to support their soccer teams at the World Cup.
JOHANNESBURG - Netherlands winger Eljero Elia needed only 23 minutes of the World Cup Group E 2-0 opening win against Denmark to give coach Bert van Marwijk one big positive from an otherwise disappointing performance.
CAPE TOWN - Paraguay can leave Cape Town with a confident swagger after the South Americans, who beat Brazil and Argentina in qualifying, held World Champions Italy, their toughest Group F opponents, to a 1-1 draw.
JOHANNESBURG - Ivory coast striker Didier Drogba will be allowed to wear a protective cast on his fractured right arm if he plays against Portugal in their opening Group G match at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
Any hopes Manchester United had of signing Slovakia captain Marek Hamsik have been dashed after the midfielder revealed he will sign a new contract with Napoli.
JOHANNESBURG Ticket touts in South Africa are cashing in the world's most-watched sport event, selling tickets for the final at up to $4,000 five days after the World Cup kicked off in the country.
Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure says he would love to play in the Premier League, alerting the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.
JOHANNESBURG - Three Portuguese fans drove 20,000 kilometres through 13 countries, braved gunmen in Sudan, made Ethiopian children smile and dodged trouble by trading Ronaldo shirts to watch Portugal's World Cup opener against the Ivory Coast in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
BLOEMFONTEIN - Japan coach Takeshi Okada has maintained a Zen-like calm in the face of a storm of criticism in the build-up to the World Cup.
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